About SGA

What is Smart Grid Australia?

SGA Vision Statement:

  • The coming decade will be defined by a rampant growth in new Intelligent Energy technologies, just as computers and communications devices have defined the recent past. Making our energy systems “smart” holds the key to protecting our planet and to fueling our global economy.
  • Innovative approaches to deliver energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly processes and products will be enabled by the application of information systems to production, logistics, product design, transport, consumption and many other aspects of our day-to-day activities.
  • Empower the user to actively participate in this process, through a range of interactive intelligent home appliances, allowing them to save energy and assisting them in addressing the inevitable price increases for electricity.

Industry Alliance

Smart Grid Australia is a non-profit, non-partisan alliance dedicated to an enhanced, modernised electric system. This alliance holds meetings, organises committees, assists with government initiatives, and issues communications to accelerate progress. It can be an important source of ideas, inspiration, and influence for any organisation interested in this burgeoning sector.

Smart Grid Australia is a breakthrough strategy for transforming the nation’s electric power grid with advanced commun­ications, automated controls, and other forms of information technology. This new grid will incorporate such things as:

  • Intelligent communications networks
  • Digital sensors and controls for remote monitoring and operation
  • Tools for grid planning, design and operation to simulate, plan and automate complex transmission and distribution operations
  • Better ways to connect next-generation equipment such as advanced storage, improved transformers, and superconducting wires
  • Advanced meters to collect usage data electronically and automatically
  • Load management/demand response technologies that help reduce peaks in electric demand and thereby reduce the need for standby power plants
  • Smart devices ranging from motors to HVAC systems (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) to home appliances with embedded intelligence which will empower end-users to actively participate in this process.

Global Smart Grid Federation

Smart Grid is a founding member of the Global Smart Grid Federation which was established to bring together Smart Grid initiatives from around the world.

Over the past several years, various countries have initiated projects and programs to explore the potential of the new generation of information- and communication-based technologies emerging across the power sector. As these efforts matured, formal public-private initiatives were formed. The first, in 2003, was the GridWise Alliance in the United States. It was followed by similar initiatives in the European Union, South Korea, Japan, Australia, Canada, India, and Ireland. Many other countries are in the formative stages of their own initiatives.

The Global Smart Grid Federation was formed to:

  • Facilitate the collaboration of national and international Smart Grid nongovernmental organisations and governmental organisations from around the world to conduct and foster research in the application of Smart Grid technologies
  • Support rapid implementation of Smart Grid technologies by establishing itself as the global center for competency on Smart Grid technologies and policy issues
  • Foster the international exchange of ideas and best practices on energy issues, including reliability, efficiency, security, and climate change
  • Create avenues for dialogue and cooperation between the public and private sectors in countries around the world on issues relating to the deployment of Smart Grid technologies.

Each member organisation has a seat on the board of directors, which directs all activities of the Global Smart Grid Federation.

Members include: Australia, Canada, Denmark, European Union, Flanders, France, Great Britain, India, Norway, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Taiwan, Turkey and the United States.

Working groups:
• Power Grid Electrical Energy Storage Work Group
• Grid Connectivity of Distributed Generation (GCDG)
• Interfaces of Grid Users/ Focus on EV and Local Storage (GUII)
• Interoperability and standards (IWG)

Australia is represented in these working groups and SGA members are encouraged to participate in their teleconferences and reports.

The International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN)

ISGAN is the short name for the International Energy Agency (IEA) Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Smart Grids (ISGAN).

ISGAN creates a mechanism for multilateral government-to-government collaboration to advance the development and deployment of smarter electric grid technologies, practices, and systems. It aims to improve the understanding of smart grid technologies, practices, and systems and to promote adoption of related enabling government policies.

ISGAN was launched as the International Smart Grid Action Network at the first Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), a meeting of energy and environment ministers and stakeholders from 23 countries and the European Union held in Washington, D.C on July 19 and 20, 2010. The CEM focuses on high-level attention and commitment to concrete steps—both policies and programs—that accelerate the global transition to clean energy. The Ministerial was an outgrowth of the agreement at the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) in L’Aquila, Italy in July 2009, where countries agreed to collaborate on advancing clean energy technologies.

ISGAN facilitates dynamic knowledge sharing, technical assistance, and project coordination, where appropriate. ISGAN participants report periodically on progress and projects to the Ministers of the Clean Energy Ministerial, in addition to satisfying all IEA Implementing Agreement reporting requirements. Membership in ISGAN is voluntary, and currently includes Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.

Consistent with the IEA Framework for International Energy Technology Co-Operation, ISGAN is open to governments of IEA Member as well as non-Member countries, upon invitation of the ISGAN Executive Committee. Though the primary focus is on government-to-government cooperation, ISGAN is also open to entities designated by participating governments, and select private sector and industry associations and international organisations. To work as efficiently as possible, ISGAN will strive to establish collaboration strong cooperative ties with existing Smart Grid organisations.

ISGAN recognises that robust, reliable, and smart electric grids play a key role in enabling greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions through the management of electricity demand, integration of growing supplies of both utility-scale and distributed, small-scale renewable energy systems, accommodation of an increasing number of electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, improvement of operational efficiency, and application of energy efficient technologies to their full potential. Smart Grids also enable better utilisation of existing electricity generation assets, thereby creating opportunities to forgo the addition of new long-lived, high emissions fossil fuel plants. In coordination with the International Energy Agency (IEA) and others, ISGAN seeks to improve understanding of the potential for Smart Grid technologies to enable reductions in GHG emissions and energy use at country, regional, and global levels. It focuses high-level government attention on the promise of Smart Grid to achieve such reductions as well as the challenges to accelerating their deployment.

ISGAN’s vision is to accelerate progress on key aspects of smart grid policy, technology, and related standards through voluntary participation by governments in specific projects and programs. ISGAN will facilitate dynamic knowledge sharing, technical assistance, peer review and, where appropriate, project coordination among participants. ISGAN activities centre on those aspects of the smart grid where governments have regulatory authority, expertise, convening power, or other leverage, focusing on five principal areas:

  1. Policy standards and regulation,
  2. Finance and business models,
  3. Technology system development,
  4. Workforce skills and knowledge,
  5. Users and consumers engagement

Consistent with the IEA Framework, ISGAN will be open to governments (Contracting Parties) of IEA Member as well as non-Member countries. Though the primary focus is on government-to-government cooperation, ISGAN will also be open to entities designated by a government, Sponsors from the private sector, industry associations and international organisations. ISGAN will strive to establish collaboration with already existing bodies in order to work as efficiently as possible.

For more information contact:
Paul Budde

MOU between SGA and The Korea Smart Grid Association

Jeff Lee and John Theunissen attended the Korea Smart Grid Week in 2010.  At the gala dinner Jeff signed the MOU between SGA and KSGA (Korea Smart Grid Association) on behalf of our Chairman Charles Popple.